After a year and a half of development the launch was announced of the new version of the classic game “SuperTux 0.6.3” reminiscent of Super Mario in style.
For those unaware of SuperTux, they should know that is a 2D platform video game heavily inspired by Nintendo’s Super Mario. It is free software. It was initially developed by Bill Kendrick and is currently maintained by the SuperTux Developer Team.
Instead of Mario, the hero of this game is Tux, the Linux kernel mascot, however, the only reference to Linux. Many graphics in the game were designed by Ingo Ruhnke, creator of Pingus.
The game was originally released for Linux, Windows, ReactOS, Mac OS X. Versions for other computers include FreeBSD, BeOS, among others.
This game is based on the first games in the Mario series, Nintendo and brings Tux to the Linux mascot, as the main character.
What’s new in SuperTux 0.6.3?
In this new version of SuperTux 0.6.3 the ability to compile intermediate WebAssembly code to run the game in a web browser, plus with it An online version of the game has been prepared.
Another change that stands out is that the level editor has an automatic placement mode of blocks to pass (Autotile).
The “crystal” block set was reworked and many new blocks were added for snow levels.
Too new objects such as side bumpers were implemented, falling blocks and ruby, plus new abilities were added: swimming and jumping over the wall.
In addition to that, a screen with game progress statistics has been added, a color picker has been added to the editor and an interface has been implemented to simplify the creation of plugins.
Of the other changes that stand out from this new version:
- Redesigned map from “Revenge on Redmond”.
- Updated animation.
- Updated routes and many third-party maps.
- Formation of official assemblies for FreeBSD, 32-bit Linux, and Ubuntu Touch has begun.
- A time shift effect has been implemented for maps.
- The option to skip the welcome screen has been provided.
- The editor implements automatic change log mode at regular intervals.
- Optional Discord integration implemented.
- Updated translations.
Finally, if you are interested in knowing more about it, about this new version you can check the details in the following link.
How to install SuperTux on Ubuntu and derivatives?
For those who are interested in being able to install this new version of this popular game, they should know that SuperTux is distributed under builds special for each Linux operating system (AppImage and Flatpak), Windows and macOS.
So in the case of our system that is Ubuntu or some derivative of it, we can download the AppImage file to only give you execution permissions and be able to enjoy this entertaining game.
The AppImage file can be obtained from the official website of the project, although for those who prefer it, they can open a terminal and obtain the file with the following command:
wget https://github.com/SuperTux/supertux/releases/download/v0.6.3/SuperTux-v0.6.3.glibc2.29-x86_64.AppImage -O SuperTux.AppImage
Once the download is done, we have to give it execution permissions. We can do this from the terminal by executing the following command in it:
sudo chmod +x SuperTux.AppImage
The graphical alternative to this method is to right-click on the package and not only give Read and Write permissions to the user, but also check the box ” Allow to run the file as an executable program”We save it and close it.
Then we double click on the package and the automatic execution of the program will begin.
And finally They will be able to execute the file by double clicking on the file or from the same terminal with the command:
Now, for those who prefer to use Flatpak packages they simply must have support for this type of package added to their system. And the installation of this new version of SuperTux can be done from a terminal by executing the following command in it:
flatpak install flathub org.supertuxproject.SuperTux
Also, since the game is not finished yet, there are still updates to be received, so you can check if there is a new version with the following command: flatpak –user update org.supertuxproject.SuperTux
And voila, you can start enjoying this game.